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In 2021, Indiana University’s Environmental Resilience Institute announced plans for a new initiative called the McKinney Midwest Climate Project. Structurally, it merges two previous entities into one. The membership of ERI’s Resilience Cohort program and Sustain IU’s Indiana Climate Fellows are now combined, and renamed the McKinney Climate Fellows. Around 40 IU students are already participating statewide, and the first McKinney Climate Fellow at IU South Bend is Katherine Couch. …

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After a long and distinguished career, the last five years of which have found him serving as dean of the Dwyer College of Health Sciences, Dr. Thomas Fisher is retiring.  He earned his B.S. in occupational therapy from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1977, and he obtained further degrees from Purdue and the University of Kentucky, then embarked on a teaching career that included many years at the…

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Dr. Jesús García-Martínez will be the new dean of the Vera Z. Dwyer College of Health Sciences at IU South Bend.   Most recently the associate dean for research and professor of clinical health sciences for the Doisy College of Health Sciences at Saint Louis University, Dr. García-Martínez has an extensive career in higher education focused on strategic planning, development of new academic and research programs, and attracting diverse populations of…

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Connor McCumber receives his B.A. in Anthropology this May from IU South Bend. He has taken a nontraditional path while achieving an extraordinary level of success. He was born in Paw Paw, Mich., and grew up in Baroda. A move across the border to Indiana ended up playing a huge role in his next endeavors. “I had been working in factories for a while, and when my mom moved to…

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Dungeons & Dragons has surged in popularity in recent years, and several factors have driven the trend. It was a popular lockdown entertainment option when the COVID-19 pandemic kept people at home. The game’s prominent placement in the “Stranger Things” television show helped introduce it to new fans, and the company itself has made changes to its language to help make D&D more inclusive. Alisha Springle, assistant professor and speech-language…

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